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Kangaroos get high and make crop circles!

By Daniel Smith on Jun 29, 09 11:35 AM

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Poppy growers in Tasmania are fed up with waking up to flattened circles in their fields.

The phenomenon has been well known for years and has inspired legends whispered around camp fires late at night. Aliens? A mythical beast?

The answer is far more down to Earth, though no less bizarre.

Scientists have discovered wallabies are breaking into the opium poppy fields, getting drugged-up and then hopping around in circles!

After a fix, the marsupials find it amusing to spin around and crush the poppies, thus creating the weird formations.

Tasmania is the world's largest producer of legally grown opium, which is used in medicines.

About 500 farmers grow the crop supplying the market with about 50 percent of the world's raw material for morphine and related opiates.

Weird Science Factoid: When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of more than 3,000mph (4,500km/h). I'm sure I've seen Steven Seagal outrun one through.

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Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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